Cosmetic dentistry has been around for a long time. As far back as the 18th century, dentures were being manufactured from porcelain. By the late 19th century, individual caps and crowns were already in use. With the scientific advances of the 21st century, cosmetic dentistry has improved immeasurably.
Gone are the days of discomfort and ugly metal attachments. The latest trends in cosmetic dentistry are designed to be unobtrusive and painless. Although somewhat pricey in the past, the modern trends are much more affordable and are no longer the preserve of the movie star or celebrity.
So, just what are the Latest Trends?
The number one procedure still remains tooth whitening. There are many DIY kits on the market, which are affordable, but not very effective. It is a relative simple procedure that can be done quickly in the surgery, or using a kit from your Vancouver cosmetic dentist at home. For more effective treatment, some dentists use “power” whitening. An ultraviolet light is used to stimulate the whitening agent for a more effective bleaching result.
Clear teeth straightening devices such as Invisalign are kind of like old fashioned braces. These modern braces are used to straighten the teeth by applying subtle pressure over a period of time. Because they are made of a clear plastic, they are unobtrusive and can be removed for cleaning or eating.
Veneers are usually porcelain shaped laminates that slip over your original teeth and are normally used to cover gaps in between the teeth or cover discoloured teeth. The laminate is glued into place with a powerful adhesive.
Crowns are usually made of porcelain, although more space-age compounds are sometimes used. They generally fit in place of existing teeth that have become damaged or lost through injury or decay.
The original root has a pillar cemented into it, and the crown is then cemented onto the pillar. The crown becomes a permanent fixture of your mouth, with all the sensation and function of the original tooth. Dentists report that this is the most requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry.
Bonding refers to a process that uses resin to re-shape or cover your teeth. Bonding is often used to fill in gaps between the teeth and to cover discoloured teeth. Because the resin chemically bonds to your existing teeth this procedure has long lasting results. Your original teeth are also better preserved in this process as opposed to other procedures like crowns that require extensive re-shaping of the original tooth.
The 3D Revolution
Advances in 3D imaging and printing technologies have been closely followed by those involved in cosmetic dentistry. It is now not only possible to create a perfect 3D image of a patient’s mouth, but the 3Dprinting technology makes it possible to manufacture, layer by layer, replacement teeth that are much more natural looking and very durable. Who knows where this technology is headed in the future? It heralds an exciting time for cosmetic dentistry.
Smile With Confidence
With all of this available and at an affordable cost, there is no wonder why so many people are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve and enhance their appearances. A beautiful smile makes you feel more confident; cosmetic dentistry can provide the means to achieve your desired end.